As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Local and Endangered Birds of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

Colombia is one of the countries with the highest biodiversity on the planet, the highest number of animal and plant species per square kilometer anywhere in the world.

With 1871 bird species, it has the largest number of bird species of any country on earth, and this number continue to rise each year.  Based on a 2009 survey, 74 birds are endemic—prevalent in or peculiar to the locality.

Although smaller than the U.S. State of Connecticut, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, is completely isolated from the Andes Mountains.  It’s a Biosphere Reserve and a National Park, overlooking the Caribbean coast of northern Colombia.

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta has 635 bird species—a third of the whole country—and contains the single highest concentration of endemic bird species (36) found on the planet.  It has more resident bird species than the continental USA, but 18 species are facing the risk of extinction at a global level

Birdwatching is carried out entering from Santa Marta to Minca and then to El Dorado Reserve in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, where most of the endemics can be spotted:


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